The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe. As this is a landlocked country, there is no marine diving, but diving takes place in lakes, quarries and the Elbe River. There are also dive shops where you can get training.
A unique place for diving is Hranice Abyss, located close to the city of Hranice. The cave, which was formed in the process of limestone erosion, is the deepest underwater cave in the world. Its depth is more than 457 meters. However, due to technical difficulties to date, divers have not reached its bottom.
You can also visit The Grand Canyon Big America. This is the most beautiful of the canyons, more than 10 meters deep. At the bottom you will find flooded industrial equipment, which is home to a huge number of crayfish.
Despite the lack of access to the sea, diving in the Czech Republic is developed at a professional level. There are about 30 dive shops where beginners can receive training. They organize dives at the Republic's most interesting dive spots.
In the Czech Republic diving season starts in April, but you will need a wetsuit. The air warms up to +15 °C, water — up to +12 °C. It gets dark early, so plan your dives for the first half of the day.
Summer in the Czech Republic is not hot, the thermometer shows +25 °C. The water warms up to +20 °C. It becomes a few degrees cooler at the bottom, so it's best to dive in wetsuits.
In the autumn in the Czech Republic diving is possible only in September and October, when the water temperature is +12... +15 °C. In November, the water becomes too cold, so many dive shops close.
Winter in the Czech Republic lasts from December to February. It's wet and cold. The air temperature in January is –3 °C, other seasons are warmer. It is impossible to dive because lakes and ponds are frozen over.
Quarry Anton is located in the village of the same name in the Vysočina region (Czech. Kraj Vysočina). It has an area of 2.5 hectares. There are many walls and remains of metal structures that play host to crayfish, pike, catfish and other fish. When the water level rises, coastal bushes and trees become flooded. There is a bus, a boat and the submarine "Stejskanik" model, as well as many statues at a depth of 30 meters.
There is a high risk to get encephalitis and other tick-borne diseases when travelling to forested areas where ticks are common. Travellers are more likely to get encephalitis from April through November in forested areas or farmland. There have been many hospitalizations and deaths associated with the use of home-made alcoholic beverages. Medical facilities meet high standards. But you will have to pay even for first aid.
As for personal safety, the Czech Republic is one of the most prosperous countries in Europe, and the local people are friendly and law-abiding. But petty crimes can also be found here: hotel theft, pickpocketing, and drug-related problems.
Czech cuisine is, of course, baked marinated pork knuckle and other dishes of fresh pork, traditional steaks, spicy bacon, roast goose with red cabbage and pheasant dishes. Carp is a traditional dish for holiday meals — fried or as a cutlet or in soup. Czechs love sauces: cucumber, dill, blackberry and others, as well as spices — ginger, marjoram and cumin. Beer is very popular in the country. Ana among soft drinks there is Kofola, which contains caffeine and a special syrup of apples, berries, coriander and other secret ingredients. Water in the country is completely safe.